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The King of Masks (1996)

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Original title: Bian Lian


DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 7, 2000

Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country China, Hong Kong

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Other Titles
• The King of Masks (1996)
• Bian Lian



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Genre: Drama, Experimental

Plot: At the end of his life, The King of Masks (Chu Yuk), a master of an ancient and revered form of mask making, seeks to pass on his craft. However, tradition dictates that he can only teach the form to a male heir. Desperate to preserve his art, and in some sense himself, the heirless old man purchases a destitute child on the black market. When the boy reveals an unexpected secret, The King of Masks is torn between filial affection and ancient customs.

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 Directed by
Tian-Ming Wu
Hong gao liang, Shanghai International Film Festival
 Written by
 Cast
Xu Zhu
Shower, Gua Sha, Ôsama no kampô
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 Music By
Jiping Zhao
Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell My Concubine, The Emperor and the Assassin



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